10 Home Renovating Tips – Part 3

If you enjoyed Part 1 & Part 2 we have the final 4 tips for your next Home Renovation project. Let’s get into it!

Plan, Plan, Plan

Have a plan for where your electrical plugs and outlets will be. If the renovation project is creating a Sunroom that you will be using for an office, plan out where you anticipate you’ll want your desk and all of your electronics to be and have your contractor install enough electrical outlets in that area. You will also want to be sure that there are enough electrical outlets in the room that are in different areas so you’re not limited to having your electronics only in 1 area of the room.

Large Spaces

If your looking to add square footage to your home then think big. You want to make sure you are creating enough extra usable space that is versatile enough to be seen as a room with endless possibilities, especially if you plan on selling your home in the future.

Kitchen Reno

If your thinking of re-doing your kitchen, try to maximize the space available and give the kitchen a fresh open modern look. The heart of a home is in the kitchen, that’s where your family comes together to spend time and to eat. Make this space an area that you and your family want to be in.

Home Inspections

This is probably one of the first things you’ll want to do. Having a home inspector do a thorough inspection can give you a heads up on whats going on in your home that you may not be able to see. Completing a home inspection ensures that you are prepared for unexpected situations.

10 Home Renovating Tips – Part 2

And we’re back! We are back to give you the next 3 tips to use on your next home renovation project. These tips are the perfect way to create a checklist before starting your next renovation project and to help you be more prepared for the project if you enjoyed Part 1 then you’ll love Part 2 and be sure to check back next month for the last 4 tips in 10 Home Renovating Tips – Part 3!

Vaulted Ceilings

Having a Vaulted ceiling can prevent water damage to your home during the winter months, especially in areas where there are large amounts of snowfall. Having a vaulted ceiling can also add to the character of your home while also providing a more open feeling to the room.

Paint your cabinets

Dust is less likely to settle on a painted surface than on a wood stained surface. While painted cabinets and stained cabinets don’t have any real benefits in choosing one over the other it’s all based on personal preference. Ensure that when you stain or paint your cabinets you use a high-quality finishing product to maintain the look and durability of the cabinets as well as protecting them from damage.

Install East-facing windows

Having your contractor install windows that are facing the east is the best way to maximize sunlight in your new area. This is also helpful when keeping your room warm during the winter months as we all know that the bright shining sun is very nice and warm, not to mention that you’ll be able to get more natural vitamin D!

We just have so many great tips for all of you that we had to keep this going into a 3 part series! Check back in March for the last 4 Tips for your next Home renovation project. Visit www.greybrucepatio.com for information on all of our products, services, and helpful information.

10 Home Renovating Tips – Part 1

Many people are starting to think about spring renovations. And many of us know a bit about some minor fixes and we probably know our way around a toolbox. However, they are large gaps in the areas where we know absolutely nothing about. We’ve compiled a small list of 10 renovation tips to know before starting your spring/summer renovation project read Part 1 today and stay tuned for Part 2 & 3 over the next 2 months.

Choose classic pieces

Going for classic pieces when furnishing your new area is always the best way to go. Purchasing furniture and furnishing your room with pieces that are “In trend” look great for the first year but these items may not still be in style in 2 years which will make you want to go out and purchase all new furniture. This can cost you a ton of money in the long run.

Quality Flooring

Spend the extra money on quality flooring. This will not only increase the resale value of your home and save you money on repairs and upkeep, but it also looks and feels better. Yes, the initial investment will cost more then maybe you are wanting to spend, but it pays off and will cost you left to maintain.

Heat Pump Water Heaters

Using a Heat Pump Water Heater can cut your costs by 50%! If your unsure of what the difference is between a normal water heater and a heat pump water heater is let us give you a quick rundown of what they are. Heat pump water heaters use electricity to move heat from one place to another instead of generating heat directly. This is what makes them more energy efficient and passing the savings along to you.

For more tips on your next home renovation project stay tuned next month for 10 Home Renovating Tips – Part 2! Visit www.greybrucepatio.com for more information on all of our products and services & check back next month!

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Christmas is either one of your most favorite seasons or just another holiday to get through. If you find yourself feeling festive, then you are probably itching to get your house decorated and a Christmas tree put up already. It can take lots of planning to go all out with Christmas decorations! It’s best to start off by slowly getting into the Christmas spirit by starting to welcome the snow with some Christmas touches throughout your décor.

Festive Candles

The first and easiest way to bring the holidays to your home is by celebrating the smell of the holiday festivities. Start by getting some scented candles and placing them in your sunroom and keep them lit for a few hours on and off. This way if your more in the mood to be festive then grab a book, make some tea light a candle and bring a blanket and cozy up in your Sunroom for a few hours.

Festive Center pieces

This is a simple and easy to do DIY. All you’ll need are a bunch of various sized vases or jars, water, American & Michigan holly & floating candles (the candles are optional). Simply fill the jars with water and stop just a few inches below the brim then place a branch or 2 of holly in each jar. Add some floating candles for a warm bonus. Adding some of these centerpieces to your kitchen, living room or Sunroom will bring in the festive spirit and add warmth to each room without going overboard.

Mini Christmas Trees

Now, you might be thinking by adding some Christmas Trees will bring you into full on Christmas spirit, but done right these trees can add some greenery and a small amount of holiday spirit to your home. All you’ll need to make this decoration is a small wooden box, cranberry garland, mini Christmas trees and some battery operated fake candles. Depending on how big your wooden box is put 1 – 3 mini Christmas trees spaced evenly apart with the candles in the middle of them and take the cranberry garland and wrap it around the trees and candles. Once you’ve made 1 you can continue to make a few more and place them all around your house.

For more great ways to decorate your home & Sunroom this holiday season contact Grey Bruce Patio. If you have any ideas of your own, let us know! We’d love to hear your ideas.

Get your Home Ready for Fall – Part 2

Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year with all the changing colours of the leaves and the sun shining through while still being warm enough to spend a few hours outdoors without being to cold. The one thing that we all dread is what follows after all the leaves have fallen off the trees… winter & snow.

Check your windows

If you have violent winter storms it might be a good idea to make sure you have good windows. If you are worried still you can always install storm windows or doors. Be sure to check the caulking and seals around the window and repair anything you may be unsure of.

Stock up on Firewood

If you have a fireplace or are planning on getting a fireplace for the winter now is a great time to start gathering fire wood. Make sure you stock up enough for the winter and store it in a cool dry place away from your house. You will also want to make sure you clean your fireplace and chimney before it’s to late.

Sunroom prep

Closing your Sunroom for the winter is one of the moments you probably leave for last, but it is still just as important. Cool drafts can sneak in from your Sunroom just as easily as having a small draft around a door. Regardless of when you plan on closing your Sunroom for the winter, there are still a few things you may want to do now to help you prolong the enjoyment of your Sunroom. Add an area carpet to keep the floors warmer, or bring in an extra heat source like a heater with a couple of heated blankets. You will still want to ensure that the entrance from your Sunroom to your home is well insulated so make sure there are no cracks or drafts around the door.

For more helpful tips and ways to get your home & Sunroom ready for winter contact an expert at Grey Bruce Patio Enclosures at 519-376-9241 or visit us online at www.greybrucepatio.com.

Bug Season is Here!

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Spring is always such a happy and exciting time, because that means summer is right around the corner! Everyone is outside getting their gardens ready and doing some spring cleaning, but with spring in the air the bugs are not to far behind.

Spring is the time when Black Flies, Mosquitoes and Deer Flies come out and boy do we hate those bugs! Although there may be many days this spring when you won’t see a single bug, as we get closer to warmer summer weather the black flies, mosquitoes an deer flies will be seen more and more.

Black flies, mosquitoes & deer flies can ruin a perfectly beautiful spring day and have you stuck inside wishing you were outside enjoying the beautiful spring weather. Let us help you enjoy the outdoors this spring with our WeatherMaster windows & Doors & SlideClear Screen options.

WeatherMaster Windows & Doors

At Grey Bruce Patio Enclosures, we have many options to help you enjoy the outdoors this spring without being pestered by annoying insects. Our line of WeatherMaster 4 track Porch Windows & Doors is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, indoors with easy stackable panels that allow up to 75% ventilation! With may options to choose from like colours, Vertical or Horizontal window options and many more you are sure to get the dream room you’ve always wanted and the ability to spend more time outdoors without the common annoyances of the season. Spend more time outdoors this spring without having to cover yourself in bug spray and get back to enjoying the spring time in a beautiful new WeatherMaster Sunroom!

SlideClear Retractable Screen Systems

Enjoy the spring weather without the bother of bugs with a SlideClear Retractable Screen System.  Easy to install on your existing porch or patio and won’t get in your way. Truly enjoy the outdoors with 100% ventilation and enjoy the protection of a screened room without interrupting your views of the outdoors. The SlideClear retractable screen is the best way to enjoy the best of spring and easily moves out of your way when the summer weather arrives to allow you to enjoy your outdoor space to it’s fullest. The SlideClear Screen System is available in heights from 72” to 120” and widths from 36” to 384” so you won’t have to worry about it getting in the way of the beautiful scenery outside. Pair the SlideClear Retractable Screen with our WeatherMaster Plus Stacking Door/Wall System for even more protection from the elements, then stack them away for a seamless transition outdoors when desired.

Whether you are looking for a brand-new Sunroom to enjoy the outdoors in or simple solution to add to your existing outdoor space, Grey Bruce Patio Enclosures has many options for you to choose from to keep those pesky insects away, allowing you to truly enjoy the beautiful spring and summer weather!

Contact Grey Bruce Patio Enclosures today and talk to us about how we can create a comfortable bug free indoor/outdoor living space for your home or cottage free of insects without chemical repellants.

Call us at 519-376-9241 or contact us.

Build A Beautiful Retaining Wall in your Landscape

A retaining wall is a large part of planning your backyard oasis, and not many people think about the design of them until it’s already in and they are looking at it after and are unhappy with that one part. Plan ahead and make sure you are happy with the end result. We have put together a few ideas to help you design something you will enjoy for many years.

When it comes to the overall look and feel of your backyard oasis the design step is one of the most important – and probably takes the longest. When deciding what to think about and look for when you start to design your wall consider this:

  • What is the best wall type for your needs?
  • What type of material should you use?
  • Think of how the wall will look and fit in with the rest of your design or existing landscape
  • Think about hiding your wall behind other plants or screens
  • Think about how to use the wall to maximize your outdoor area

How to turn your Retaining wall into something beautiful

Many of you may think that all the retaining walls you have seen aren’t very attractive, don’t worry we have some great ways to help you make your retaining wall a piece of art that fits perfectly into your dream landscape.

Here’s some food for thought that will help you to design a beautiful retaining wall:

  • What do you like/dislike about retaining walls?
  • How much do you want to spend on one?

There are many benefits of adding a retaining wall to your property, they add a focal point to your garden and they add equity too. There are many ways to make your retaining wall a piece of art, literally. Paint a mural onto it, use outdoor tiles or incorporate your plants into it with some climbing Clematis Montana or Clematis Armandii.

However you decide to build your backyard oasis be sure to think through everything and consider the benefits of adding a retaining wall. For more great ideas and ways to spruce up your property contact Grey Bruce Patio Enclosures via our website or call us at 519-376-9241.

It’s Never to Early to Start Planning, Right?

Grey Bruce Patio Enclosures has a wide range of products and services to help you get the final product you have always dreamed of. Start planning for your next Spring project now! With countless customization options to choose from and being able to sit down with us to plan your whole project now is one of the best times to start planning for Spring.

Looking for a Sunspace Sunroom? Let us help you decide on the perfect Sunroom to suit you and your families’ needs and get a head start on Spring. Maybe you’re looking to spruce up your cottage, Grey Bruce Patio can help you put together a plan to have your new Sunroom up and ready to go as quickly as possible.

No matter the budget or size of your project Grey Bruce Patio Enclosures can help you plan it all out so you’re ready for the warmer weather. Contact Grey Bruce Patio Enclosures today at 519-376-9241 to get started or visit us online at www.greybrucepatio.com for more information on our products and services.

New Year, New Kitchen?

With the New Year upon us, why not start fresh with a Kitchen remodel project? Many of us don’t think that the winter months are the best time for a renovation, when in fact, it is probably one of the best times to start a renovation or remodeling project.

Although, the winter may not be an ideal time to add a home addition to your house or replace your windows, there are many other home improvement projects you can still do to spruce up your living space. Why not start with a kitchen remodel, nothing to drastic but start with giving your cabinets a facelift or replacing your cabinets. Another great project to start during the winter is finishing up your basement, no matter what you may be thinking spend the winter getting you and your home ready for the warm weather and spruce up your home.

A renovation or remodeling project in the winter has many benefits, such as:

  • Saves you money, contractors are not as busy right now and will usually have some promotions on to encourage homeowners to purchase
  • Less stress, your contractor will have more time to spend with you ensuring you get exactly what you want

These are just a couple of benefits to renovating your home during the winter, and once summer comes and all your neighbours and friends are worried about their kitchen renovation or the construction going on to have their basement finished you can sit back and enjoy the warm weather.

Contact Grey Bruce Patio today to get your next home improvement project started, or visit us online at www.greybrucepatio.com for more information on our products & services.

Christmas Decorating Ideas

Christmas decorating can either be one of your most favorite things to do, or something you do but don’t love because it is such a hassle. We have compiled a few ideas that are tasteful, simple and look great!

Add Some Greenery

Add a little bit of green to your front porch by adding a wooden box with a faux mini Christmas tree to each side of your door, leave them bare or decorate them with some lights and ornaments it’s up to you! Add a few large pine cones around your front porch and finish it off with a green festive wreath. See, how simple was that?

Repurpose

Have some old rain boots of skates laying around in the garage? Don’t throw them away just yet! Grab a old wooden crate and stuff a faux Christmas tree pre lit or not and then fill the rest of the crate with pine cones and spray paint your old rain boots/skates and use them as a vase for seasonal greenery!

Antiques

Have some beautiful antique vases? Use them this winter (as long as your okay with having snow on them, if not normal decorative Vases will do as well)! Make a winter greenery basket! Add a round Styrofoam block on the bottom of the vase and go through your neighbourhood collecting broken branches and pine branches, bring them home and start arranging them in the vase, you may want to spray some of the pine branches with a clear coat of spray paint or glue to keep the pines from falling off. Add some pine cones and some festive ribbon and your all set!

Five Minute Deco

Want to do something nice and tasteful? Here’s a 5 minute Deco Idea that literally take 5 minutes! What you’ll need: fire wood (at least 4 logs per basket) some pine branches, pine cones, a couple of plant vase or baskets which ever you feel like and some mini outdoor lights. Now all you do is arrange all the pieces and set them up all over your front porch for a simple and elegant design.

Have some other Quick and simple Christmas decorating ideas? Send us and email and we may feature you next time!